In fact, freelancers ought to be one step ahead of the typical worker because when somebody hires a freelancer they expect them to be an expert in their respective field. A client may not ask you to furnish particular credentials, but they are looking for proficiency and skills (and maybe a sample or two of your previous work).
A true freelancer ought to be a specialist. There are no entry-level jobs in the freelance sector.
Now, let’s take a look at why freelancers fall behind and at some common freelancing professions. I’ll show how lagging behind can hurt your chances of excelling in these fields.
Freelancers frequently find the main barrier to developing and growing their client base is their own time.
William Penn, businessman and philosopher said “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst,” few of us would argue with this sentiment.
Even in this day and age of technological advancement, no one has yet discovered a way of fitting more than 24 hours in one day, so here are some tips designed to help us maximize the benefit of the hours we have available to us.
Here are five tips to help you manage your time.
Posted May 4, 2011 in Productivity
Here at Freelance Folder, we’ve talked a lot about freelancing burnout, from the warning signs of burnout to balancing freelancing with a full-time job without burning out.
In this post, I’d like to explore the many ways we can avoid burning out in the first place.
Work burnout is a physical, mental and psychological state of exhaustion. The name says a lot about what it feels like. When you’re burnt out, you feel like a lamp running out of fuel and, thus, burn out. When you’re burnt out, you don’t have the energy to keep going.
As you can imagine if you’ve never experienced it before, it’s no fun to experience freelancing burnout. It robs the joy and satisfaction out of doing your job, being with your loved ones… living your life.
But there’s more. To a freelancer, being burnt out may mean the quality of our work suffers. We’re not able to get as much done as we used to. It could lead to dissatisfied clients and a reduced income.
So it’s in our best interest–and that of our clients, family and friends–for us freelancers to avoid burnout.
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Most freelancers depend on their creativity for their livelihood. Freelance writers, designers, artists, photographers, and even web developers and programmers all rely on creative thinking to perform their jobs.
However, once in a while a freelancer finds that their creativity (that same creativity they’ve been relying on to earn an income) just isn’t there. The ideas just aren’t flowing like they used to.
Writers call this “writer’s block,” but it actually happens in many different professions.
Naturally, when this happens a freelancer can feel a bit panicked. After all, your income is on the line. You ask yourself, “will this be a permanent problem for me?”
Fortunately for most freelancers, creative block IS a temporary problem. Plus, if you understand some of the causes of creative block, you may be able to overcome it entirely.
In this post, I’ll identify one surprising source of creative block and give you some ideas for overcoming it.
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